President Trump turned to business during his U.K. trip on Tuesday, discussing the possibility of a trade deal once Britain finally leaves the European Union. Alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump co-hosted a morning roundtable of American and British corporate executives. Trump has talked up a trade pact with a post-Brexit Britain from the start of his presidency, however Britain cannot fully negotiate a deal while still a part of omnibus European Union trade arrangements.

In brief remarks at the beginning of the business meeting on Tuesday, Trump said, “I think we will have a very, very substantial trade deal.” Leaning toward May, Trump said, “I don’t exactly know what your timing is, but stick around. Let’s do this deal.” May announced her resignation last month. She officially steps down as party leader on Friday and will be replaced as prime minister by the end of July.

One of Trump’s allies, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, is a top contender. Another Trump friend, Nigel Farage, just won big in the European Parliament elections, trouncing May’s Conservatives.

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